Toquam Student Brian Chen Selected as Runner-Up in "If Kids Could Cure" Contest

Selected from Among 8,000 Entries Across the Country
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Stamford Public Schools (SPS) announced Toquam Elementary School Fifth Grader Brian Chen was recently selected from among 8,000 entries across the country as a runner-up in the Scholastic-organized and Pfizer-sponsored, “If Kids Could Cure,” contest. The contest was created to inspire kids to think about problems they dream of solving in order to make the world a better place.

Each of the 8,000 competitors was required to explain a problem, and design and explain its solution. Chen, a student in Leigh Ann Mobarik’s class designed a device that students could wear and activate if they felt bullied. The device would automatically alert a pre-selected group of contacts of the incident.  

According to the organization, entries were judged on: clarity, how well the problem and its solution are explained; creativity and originality, how unique the solution is and whether it addresses the problem creatively; and effectiveness. A panel of judges from Pfizer, Inc., and Scholastic reviewed and scored the entries. From among the entries two winners and one runner-up, Chen, were selected.

Pfizer Quality Operations Site Lead Rosemary Orciari, who was the inspiration for the contest, will visit Chen’s classroom on Monday, January 8, to present him with a certificate and to participate in a brainstorm around the “bullying button.” Toquam will receive a $5,000 grant for its science program and books for Mobarik’s classroom.